American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties to Hold Training Sessions for New Volunteers Interested in Deploying to Assist with Hurricane Relief

American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties to Hold Training Sessions for New Volunteers Interested in Deploying to Assist with Hurricane Relief
Sessions to be held in San Diego on Tuesdays in September
 
SAN DIEGO – September 7, 2017 – Thousands of American Red Cross volunteers and employees are working around the clock to provide shelter and supplies to Gulf Coast residents affected by Harvey. With Hurricane Irma — the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record — causing heartbreaking destruction on many Caribbean island nations as it heads toward the United States, the need is great for volunteers to deploy to relief operations in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties will hold training sessions for new volunteers who are interested in deploying to assist with the relief efforts.
Training Sessions:
·         Tuesday, September 12 – 5:00 – 9:00 pm
·         Tuesday, September 19 – 5:00 – 9:00 pm
·         Tuesday, September 26 – 5:00 – 9:00 pm
* Subject to change and additional sessions may be added
Location:
·         American Red Cross San Diego HQ – 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123
o   Maximum capacity for these trainings sessions is 100 people
o   Advance sign-ups will be taken online at: https://goo.gl/dSiaCL
o    Walk-ins will be accepted first come, first served. If we reach capacity, we will make other arrangements for prospective volunteers and additional sessions may be added
All sessions will include a volunteer sign-up, Disaster Services Overview and Shelter Fundamentals training, and what to expect as a volunteer.
Interested prospective volunteers do not need to sign up in advance for a training session, but must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for a deployment:
·         Must be 18 or older
·         Must complete American Red Cross volunteer application and background check
·         Must commit to being deployed for 14 days
·         Must be willing to work day or night shifts (12-14 hours)
·         Must be in good health – no physical limitations or mobility restrictions, able to lift 25 pounds
·         Once assigned, must be available to leave within 48 hours
·         Must be comfortable staying in a staff shelter (communal living situation; cots and blankets provided); working in high-stress situations and hot/humid environmental conditions
Immediate deployment is not guaranteed and opportunities for future deployments are possible as the need will be ongoing for some time. Travel, transfer, lodging and most meals are provided for volunteers selected to deploy.
The safety of the people we serve and the volunteers who help them is of utmost importance. Procedures are in place to track who is volunteering for the Red Cross to help keep people safe. This includes running a background check on all volunteers who will work directly with the people who turn to us for help or have access to funds. Volunteers also sign an agreement to abide by our code of ethics and conduct.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.
The Red Cross has launched massive responses to these devastating storms and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by these hurricanes by visiting redcross.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. You can also text the word HARVEY or the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.

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